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Silent Auction by Jane K. Cleland
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Always a page turner. ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Apr 4, 2015 |
Josie Prescott is working with a local collector who wants a complete inventory and evaluation of his collection. When she shows up to meet with the caretaker, Frankie, the nephew of her best friend Zoe, Frankie is found dead in the kitchen.

Josie is determined to find out who killed Frankie and why. Along with this mystery there is one piece missing from the collection and a suspicious amount of scrimmed ivory, or replications of scrimmed ivory floating about leaving Josie wondering if the two events are connected.

I enjoy spending time with Josie and her group of friends and co-workers. I'm behind on the series and need to get back to it. ( )
  bookswoman | Jan 11, 2015 |
A young man who’s the nephew of Josie Prescott’s neighbor Zoe is brutally murdered and it’s Josie who finds the body. Frankie had a troubled past, but he’s been getting his life back in order and it’s devastating to have that life cut short. Frankie had been working as a caretaker for a wealthy couple’s summer home, which is near a lighthouse on their property. The home is filled with antiques Josie has been helping the couple collect and one of them—a scrimshawed tooth – is missing following the murder.

Finding bodies is nothing new for Josie, who owns and operates an antiques company in New Hampshire. And, quite often, her expertise helps the local police locate the perpetrator. In this case, Josie is working with a new man, Ellis Hunter, who has just been named to the post of police chief. He’s an unknown quantity and Josie is treading lightly with him.

Readers who like action would probably find Silent Auction a bit tame for their taste. But fans of Antiques Roadshow will enjoy the diversions into the esoteric world of antiques – and the insight into the characters. This is a solid series, which I haven’t read for awhile. I was in the mood for a good mystery and thought of Jane Cleland, whose work I have always admired. There is a romantic element with Josie’s live-in partner Ty, but it’s downplayed and not intrusive into the mystery. ( )
  NewsieQ | Jan 14, 2014 |
Fifth in Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries with the main character
Josie Prescott, Antiques appraiser and dealer set in modern day Rocky Point, New Hampshire.

Josie arrives at a lighthouse estate to begin an appraisal of the maritime collection when she stumbles over the dead body of Frankie, the lighthouse caretaker. Frankie has been bludgeoned with a rolling pin. Frankie was also her dear friend Zoë's nephew who had turned his life around and was working his dream job and finding happiness. As the police start investigating Josie is asked to assist in her official capacity. One of the antiques, a rare scrimshaw tooth, is missing from the collection. When suspicion falls on Frankie, suggesting that he was involved Josie takes it as a personal mission to see that justice is done to the killer.

This mystery manages to work Josie into the investigation as a consultant to the police rather than competing with the police as many go. This adds a realistic touch to the story. Josie is an interesting and intelligent main character with a lot of compassion and a playful side. I enjoyed her and want to get to know her better.

The plotting revolves to a big extent around the missing antique scrimshaw tooth so readers get a good amount of information on it. Scrimshaw is the name given to the artwork crafted by whalers at sea, using the ivory, bone and baleen of captured whales. The most familiar type of scrimshaw is a sperm whale tooth engraved with pictures. You also learn a good deal about the antiques business and what is involved to authenticate items. I think it was just enough to explain the plot with antiques fraud without giving you a full education in it.

The new police chief is a pleasant surprise and promises to be a great new recurring character. Josie's boyfriend Ty isn't in this novel much and I enjoyed what scenes he was in. I had not read any of the prior novels and this stands alone well.

I really enjoyed this mystery and I think it is good for readers who like a sleuth who is a professional with her life in order who is legitimately helping to catch a killer.

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  AFHeart | Aug 8, 2010 |
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Agatha finalist Jane K. Cleland brings us an irresistible new blend of coziness, crime, and collectibles...
The autumn foliage is in full fiery glory on a beautiful day in the little coastal town of Rocky Point, New Hampshire. Josie Prescott arrives at the town’s renovated lighthouse to conduct an antiques appraisal and is horrified to discover the bludgeoned body of her neighbor Zoë’s beloved nephew, Frankie. The owners of the lighthouse are avid antiques collectors, and Josie soon begins to suspect that a scrimshaw tooth from their collection may be the key to solving the crime that has shaken Rocky Point, and broken her dear friend’s heart.

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Josie Prescott arrives at the renovated lighthouse in the llittle New Hampshire coastal town of Rocky Point to conduct an antiques appraisal and is horrified to discover the bludgeoned body of her neighbor Zoë's beloved nephew. The owners of the lighthouse are avid antiques collectors, and Josie soon begins to suspect that a scrimshaw tooth from their collection may be the key to solving the crime that has shaken the town, and broken her friend's heart.… (more)

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